Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Tip of the Day

Don't be afraid of Photoshop! I paint but I also spend a lot of time shuffling between my drafting table and the computer.
I sketch VERY small, then scan, and tweak what I need to. I use Photoshop to scale things up or down, rotate things, draw straight lines (I'm helpless without a ruler!), and work out other issues. I print out a quick copy and use tracing paper to improve the next version. These things sometimes seem like 'cheating' but they really help when you have a quick deadline. You can see some of the changes and tweaks in the sequence above. There were probably 2 other versions before I got to the final version, seen on the right. Click the image for a larger version.


roz said...

I'm glad to read I'm not the only one that starts very small too.
Great fun to see your process, Gina, thanks for sharing.

patrice barton said...

Very cool, Gina! Now that's a good tip - it works so well you feel like you're cheating. Hee hee!

Great sketches too! Fun to watch your composition and characters develop. Lovely!!

Alicia PadrĂ³n said...

Super tip Gina!! Photoshop is truly a great tool for that kind of things.

I love seeing how you worked that illustration! Thanks for sharing this :o)

Unknown said...

Love this!! So great, so helpful! I do similar, too!!